CEOs Ask for Community Help in Stopping COVID-19

Friday, July 10, 2020

A letter to the general public from the CEOs of the six South Texas Health System (STHS) hospitals.

We write to you at a crucial moment for our community. The COVID‑19 surge is real and our healthcare system cannot keep pace like this forever. People in our community, our neighbors and family members, are losing the fight against the virus and dying.

You can help save your own life, as well as the lives of your neighbors and many others in the community, by making a few choices:

  1. Choose to wear a mask whenever you leave your home or answer the door at your home.
  2. Choose to wash your hands frequently with soap and water and use hand sanitizer in between.
  3. Choose to socially distance at least six feet apart and do not shake hands or give hugs.
  4. Choose to not be in gatherings larger than 10 people, even with family.
  5. Choose to stay at home unless it is absolutely necessary.
  6. Choose to take care of your health. Seek critical care when needed — don’t wait until it’s too late. Call your doctor, come to the ER.

We can overcome this pandemic, but it requires that we all choose to do it together. Now. Your actions can and will save lives.


Lance Ames, CEO, South Texas Health System Children’s and South Texas Health System Edinburg
Brenda Ivory, CEO, South Texas Health System Heart
Todd Mann, CEO, South Texas Health System McAllen
Doug Coffey, Interim CEO, South Texas Health System Behavioral
Andrew Wilson, CEO, Cornerstone Regional Hospital

A message from Todd Mann, CEO, South Texas Health System McAllen